as you can see, the smoke still lies over this area as the 1096 fire fighters and support crews live, work and sleep here in Trout Lake.. I took a tour through the camp and was amazed at the effeciency and military like organization employed by this federal government operation. There is a wonderfully extreme amount of focus on the care and well being of these men and women of all ages that work up to 17 hours a day on the fires... they put their lives on the line at times, and all care is taken to ensure their safety under the circumstances.
On July 20, 2 more fires showed up in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, and crews with fire trucks and helicopters attacked the small fires with a vengeance very quickly.
UPDATE 7/21/08: the Cold Springs fire is getting well contained, they are doing fill burns to clean up the fuel inside the perimeter...
I guess there is still a little spot fire now up about a mile south of Bird Lake.. but I have faith that all these copters and awesome firefighters will handle it.. I hope!
There are other fires popping up all over the place... a 5-10 acre fire at the low end of the Big lava bed last night near Willard.... a huge convoy of fire trucks and crews were heading back from that last night around 11pm or so, making an eerie light brigade thru the forest throwing up dust that made moon rays coming thru the trees..
a tiny fire up near Tahklak lake they now call Sheep fire is being attacked by copters and crew very quickly... we are lucky that this huge crew is here already, able to jump on these quicker than would otherwise happen.
yikes! and the Smokey firesign still says FIRE DANGER: moderate!